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Old 22 November 2008, 06:28
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Getting a magazine published?

Not sure if this is the right area, so please feel free to move it.

I have been "publishing" an online magazine (e-zine) for 12 months now, with subscribers and advertisers becoming more and more interested. I started with the intent to see how it looked in 12 months before I continued with the "project".

I'm about to hit 12 months, and unless something MAJOR occurs, I'll continue with it.

But, I'm at a slight crossroads.

Should I continue with the magazine as an online publication, which in this day and age of internet usage may seem a good idea, or, should I have the magazine published as a hardcopy for sale in Newsagencies?

I have tried to contact a few (read - a LOT!) magazine publishers to get information from them as to their requirements / costs etc, but not one of them has bothered to get back to me, apart from, "We'll get back to you."

So....what should I do?

- Stick with the online publishing..which is probably easier for me with less overheads, and the ability to link websites etc direct to the magazine.

- Kick in the front door of a magazine publisher and hold them hostage until they answer my basic questions?

FYI - The focus of the mag is Policing / Law Enforcement in Australia. Something that has no other non-Government publication in existence.

Thanks in advance...

NF - Editor.
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Old 22 November 2008, 06:36
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Making a profit with a magazine is one of the most difficult things to do. You have to have sufficient advertising to pay for it, and you have to make the deadlines... no matter what.
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Old 22 November 2008, 06:41
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I think your best bet is to stay with the ezine. I agree with GH. In addition to what he said, your overhead will go through the roof.

Can you PM me a link?

I'd like to check it out.

Thanks
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Old 22 November 2008, 08:27
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NF, since I retired, one of my activities has been working as a rep and writer for a regional magazine. The pub has been in business for nearly 20 years and is a local favorite. The owner editor is a very good guy and will be happy to answer all your questions, I'm sure.

PM me for name and addy.

I can tell you this: things are very tough for the biz right now and it's not the time to jump in. Our advertisers are not paying their bills and are basically hiding under rocks.
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Old 22 November 2008, 19:46
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Thanks guys. Mike, you're still alive?!

Re: Profit. I'd be happy to just break even. I already have a very good relationship with a couple of Aussie companies, and we communicate regularly, so even without contacting bigger companies, the "breaking even" need would be met, if I stay with the e-zine.

"Breaking even" would be easier overall if I have less overheads, which would point to staying with the e-zine. Making a profit would be easier if I have less overheads...so again...e-zine.

Making a profit would be a bonus, but to confess, I'm a bit of a crusader when it comes to Policing in this nation. I didn't start this to make money. There's a SEVERE lack of information out there for Police in Australia, or even for the public, about tactics, equipment, training, or any other job-related ideas. Information sharing is actually frowned upon by Australian agencies who keep espousing "world's best practice" and "world's most modern Police" etc etc *vomit*. It's like they don't want their lies to be found out.

But enough about that. I can feel my crusading blood starting to boil....

I guess I just wanted to get people's opinions on something that already seemed obvious to me.

SB - Link enroute....
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Old 22 November 2008, 20:07
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Copy all. Yeah, still alive. Bored to shit having to hob-nob with sheeple most days. Getting old and un-tactical is a bitch.

Anyways, looked at your website today which I think looks very professional and well done. Someone who might also be of assist to you is our common friend FB in MD, USA. he's now editor-in-chief at Officer.com since last Dec.

In the meantime, get on www.pleasantlivingmagazine.com and chat with the Editor there. One thing I will tell you and I don't know how this equates in Aussie $$$ but our black and white slick mag runs $1000 a page to print here. We do 10K to 11K press run bi-monthly. An interesting note to tuck away is that we also have a small press at www.brandylanepublishers.com. We publish many different genres.

Well, good luck with it!
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Old 22 November 2008, 20:15
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Thanks Mike, will check it out.

FB and I chatted a fair bit when I was starting the e-zine. He was a lot of help, which is to be expected.
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